A "registered report" is a research project that is published in two stages:
- publication of the peer-reviewed research protocol (Stage 1 Registered Report, or RR1) - in JMIR journals this is done in JMIR Research Protocols, which guarantees subsequent acceptance of the results (RR2 paper, see below) in any JMIR journal (or partner journals) independently on whether the research turns out to be negative. See also Why should I publish my protocol or grant proposal?
- publication of the actual research results (Stage 2 Registered Report - RR2)
Registered Reports enhance transparency and reduce publication bias.
For further information on Registered Reports see Registered Report (Center for Open Science) [external link].
Registered Report Identifiers
Since May 2018, JMIR assigns a Registered Report Identifier (RRID) to protocols (RR1 stage 1 papers) published in JMIR Res Protoc. These identifiers signify that the project is in principle accepted for publication in any other JMIR journal, and the identifier should be cited in the abstract of the subsequent results (RR2) paper.
The RRID consists of the following elements:
- RR1 or RR2, indicating if this is a stage 1 or stage 2 paper
- DOI trunk indicating the publisher (10.2196 is the DOI trunk for JMIR Publications)
- Manuscript tracking number of the protocol (RR1) paper
In the example above, the RRID is RR1-10.2196/7425. Any subsequent results papers will carry the RRID RR2-10.2196/7425.
See also: What is a Registered Report Identifier?
Examples for Registered Reports in JMIR journals
(JMIR is starting to cross-link these articles using the Registered Report icon)